Weekend Actuals: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Shoots Web To $117.0M Debut

Monday Update: Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming took in a confirmed $117.0 million opening weekend, the best debut for a Spider-Man film since 2007. It provides a much-needed boost to studio Sony, as the studio had been experiencing their modern record low for market share.

Last weekend’s leader Despicable Me 3 took second place with $33.5 million, but broke its own record for the all-time highest theater count for a movie.

The full table of weekend actuals is at bottom, after our Sunday update below which features more numbers and analysis.


Sunday Update: With great power comes great responsibility, and with a new Spider-Man film comes great cash. Spider-Man: Homecoming earned an estimated $117 million debut this weekend, marking the biggest Spider-Man film opening in a decade and potentially Sony’s biggest cumulative grosser since Skyfall in 2012.

Sony is hyping Homecoming as “the second-highest opening for a Spider-Man film.” Although it certainly earned a lot, that claim may be a bit misleading. After factoring for ticket price inflation, Homecoming earned less than the openings for all three films in the “original” trilogy starring Tobey Maguire.

However, Homecoming did open higher than either of the two more recent Amazing Spider-Man reboot films starring Andrew Garfield. The first of those two opened on a Tuesday which diminished its opening weekend, but in an apples-to-apples comparison of their first seven days, Homecoming appears likely to earn more.

[Read our interview with Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley here.]

How did Homecoming do so well? Several factors contributed.

The sixth installment in the Spider-Man franchise dating back to the 2002 original, this was the first to tie the character into the massively popular cash cow Avengers franchise. Marketing prominently featuring Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance as Iron Man, plus new lead actor Tom Holland had previously been introduced as a supporting character in last year’s smash Captain America: Civil War.

As the only major new debut, Homecoming was also helped by the lack of new competition. However, that’s no guarantee — in the past year, both Transformers: The Last Knight and Inferno underperformed despite being the only new wide release during their opening weekends.

Lastly, you can’t discount the great word of mouth. The film earned an “A” CinemaScore and posts a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

With Homecoming and the continued success of Baby Driver, Sony is quickly reversing what had been a rough 2017 at the box office, particularly for franchise installments. All of Sony’s other 2017 films that were part of a series were the lowest grossing films in that series domestically — Smurfs: The Lost VillageUnderworld: Blood Wars, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. (Also for Inferno in late 2016.) That trend looks to be reversed with Homecoming.

Sony needs the boost. After finishing first among all studios in 2012, they then slid to fourth place in 2013 and 2014, then slid again to fifth place in 2015 and 2016, and prior to this weekend were in seventh place for 2017. With only 4.0 percent of market share this year, Sony was at only half of the 8.0 percent market share they managed in 2016 — which itself was down half from 16.1 percent in 2012.

While Sony’s Passengers and The Magnificent Seven were both moderate sleeper hits, and last summer’s low-budget horror Don’t Breathe surpassed expectations, the studio hadn’t produced a film earning above $130 million since Spectre in late 2015. Homecoming almost beat that amount in its opening weekend alone, and could potentially even reach $300 million if it holds well enough throughout the rest of July and August.

Elsewhere at the box office…

Last weekend’s leader Despicable Me 3 from Universal fell to second place, with a 53 percent drop to an estimated $34.0 million. That second-weekend decline was higher than for Despicable Me 2 but lower than for MinionsDM3 is trailing both of those films considerably on the domestic front, though it’s earning substantial amounts overseas.

After breaking the record last weekend for most theaters with 4,432, DM3‘s six-theater expansion this weekend gives it the new record yet again with 4,438. (Theater count is different than screen count, since a film can play on multiple screens in a single multiplex theater. The modern record for screen count is held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.)

Sony and TriStar’s Baby Driver took third place, with a 38 percent decline to $12.7 million.

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman took fourth place, with a 35 percent decline to $10.1 million. The film’s steady hold, after already experiencing the best holds for a superhero film in recent memory, is especially impressive this weekend given the direct superhero competition.

The top 10 films this weekend earned an estimated $199.1 million total. That’s 26 percent above the $157.6 million earned by the top 10 last weekend, and 10 percent above the $179.5 million earned by the top 10 on the equivalent weekend last year.

Overseas Update:

Spider-Man: Homecoming earned $140.0 million in its overseas debut, taking first place in 50 of its 56 markets. Combined with its domestic gross, the global opening is $257.0 million — the fourth-highest global opening of the year and the #31 highest global opening ever. And that’s with China still to come.

Despicable Me 3 set a record for the largest animated opening in China with $66.0 million. [Read more here.] The film earns $139.0 million overseas this weekend, just shy of Spider-Man, although close enough that it could prove to be the overseas weekend leader when weekend actuals are revealed on Monday.

Thanks to China, DM3 improves 40 percent over last weekend overseas. However, due to its sharp dropoff domestically, the film’s $173.0 million global weekend represents a 0.7 percent decline from last frame. The film has now earned $298.4 million overseas and $447.5 million globally.


Weekend Actuals for Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Spider-Man: Homecoming $117,027,503 4,348 $26,915 $117,027,503 1 Sony / Columbia
2 Despicable Me 3 $33,580,425 -54% 4,535 6 $7,405 $148,771,085 2 Universal
3 Baby Driver $13,002,721 -37% 3,226 0 $4,031 $57,135,793 2 Sony / TriStar
4 Wonder Woman $9,822,105 -37% 3,091 -313 $3,178 $368,473,296 6 Warner Bros.
5 Transformers: The Last Knight $6,376,578 -62% 3,241 -891 $1,967 $118,993,338 3 Paramount
6 Cars 3 $5,382,248 -44% 2,702 -874 $1,992 $133,479,660 4 Disney
7 The House (2017) $4,778,272 -48% 3,134 0 $1,525 $18,593,950 2 Warner Bros. / New Line
8 47 Meters Down $2,714,173 -40% 1,741 -509 $1,559 $38,407,911 4 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
9 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $1,187,170 -53% 1,039 -635 $1,143 $168,812,467 7 Disney
10 The Mummy $1,185,925 -61% 1,045 -715 $1,135 $77,996,195 5 Universal

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Big Sick $3,576,646 117% 326 255 $10,971 $6,846,969 3 Lionsgate
2 The Beguiled $2,062,675 -35% 941 267 $2,192 $7,412,009 3 Focus Features
3 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $860,020 -44% 660 -306 $1,303 $385,560,026 10 Disney
4 All Eyez On Me $606,390 -67% 599 -659 $1,012 $44,316,429 4 Lionsgate / Summit
5 The Hero $594,066 -29% 447 46 $1,329 $2,753,061 5 The Orchard
6 Beatriz at Dinner $520,142 -51% 419 -264 $1,241 $5,981,482 5 Roadside Attractions
7 Captain Underpants $332,106 -70% 407 -1045 $816 $70,535,646 6 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8 Rough Night $273,326 -79% 388 -1269 $704 $21,506,528 4 Sony
9 Megan Leavey $237,659 -51% 254 -179 $936 $12,465,780 5 Bleeker Street
10 The Boss Baby $191,128 -13% 195 -20 $980 $173,913,074 15 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11 Baywatch $184,408 -26% 193 -3 $955 $57,603,502 7 Paramount
12 Paris Can Wait $150,687 -43% 131 -83 $1,150 $5,057,072 9 Sony Pictures Classics
13 The Fate of the Furious $110,060 -31% 115 -29 $957 $225,697,400 13 Universal
14 Everything, Everything $100,353 149% 141 53 $712 $33,852,416 8 Warner Bros.
15 The Book Of Henry $97,617 -64% 154 -209 $634 $4,219,536 4 Focus Features
16 King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword $90,011 -25% 155 -17 $581 $39,037,047 9 Warner Bros.
17 Alien: Covenant $85,793 -50% 132 -81 $650 $73,842,907 8 Fox
18 Beauty and the Beast $49,452 -36% 110 -46 $450 $503,974,884 17 Disney

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Little Hours $193,258 27 $7,158 $281,531 2 Gunpowder & Sky
2 Maudie $184,188 79% 58 35 $3,176 $3,197,002 4 Sony Pictures Classics
3 A Ghost Story $104,030 4 $26,008 $104,030 1 A24
4 The Exception $64,800 -28% 48 0 $1,350 $513,862 6 A24
5 It Comes At Night $61,835 -59% 90 -84 $687 $13,708,883 5 A24
6 The Women’s Balcony $52,133 -21% 24 -4 $2,172 $850,039 19 Menemsha Films
7 Our Time Will Come $50,619 18 $2,812 $50,619 1 China Lion
8 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul $34,826 -49% 91 -44 $383 $20,576,565 8 20th Century Fox
9 Smurfs: The Lost Village $33,016 -31% 70 -33 $472 $44,893,870 14 Sony / Columbia
10 Gifted $29,349 -29% 43 -13 $683 $24,661,993 14 Fox Searchlight
11 Snatched $28,678 -62% 67 -76 $428 $45,795,614 9 Fox
12 Lost in Paris $27,162 8 $3,395 $44,828 4 Oscilloscope Laboratories
13 Going in Style $25,160 -33% 53 -24 $475 $45,003,463 14 Warner Bros. / New Line
14 Letters from Baghdad $22,721 -7% 17 -4 $1,337 $221,780 6 Vitagraph Films
15 My Cousin Rachel $21,654 -61% 37 -24 $585 $2,650,280 5 Fox Searchlight
16 The Lost City of Z $18,216 -32% 38 -12 $479 $8,554,554 13 Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
17 The Journey $16,373 119% 21 5 $780 $89,939 4 IFC Films
18 13 Minutes $15,806 35% 9 6 $1,756 $36,006 2 Sony Pictures Classics
19 Churchill $14,920 18 $829 $1,220,078 6 Cohen Media Group
20 Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge $13,798 -24% 4 -2 $3,450 $49,871 2 Society Films
21 City of Ghosts $13,601 2 $6,801 $13,601 1 IFC Films / Amazon
22 The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography $12,360 3% 8 5 $1,545 $33,097 2 Neon
23 Moka $11,887 -19% 14 11 $849 $72,644 4 Film Movement
24 Reset (Ni Shi Ying Jiu) $10,142 -81% 7 -13 $1,449 $98,574 2 Well Go USA
25 Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer $10,129 13% 30 -3 $338 $3,798,509 13 Sony Pictures Classics
26 Stalker $9,978 91% 4 1 $2,495 $226,744 10 Janus
27 The Wedding Plan $9,737 19% 12 -6 $811 $1,391,087 9 Roadside Attractions
28 The Bad Batch $9,534 -62% 25 -21 $381 $169,744 3 Neon
29 Pop Aye $8,276 130% 3 2 $2,759 $23,070 2 Kino Lorber
30 The Ornithologist $7,525 2% 6 1 $1,254 $31,961 3 Strand Releasing
31 My Journey Through French Cinema $6,693 4 $1,673 $36,623 3 Cohen Media Group
32 Love, Kennedy $6,590 -11% 6 -1 $1,098 $244,365 6 Purdie Distribution
33 Band Aid $6,522 -54% 14 -9 $466 $231,616 6 IFC Films
34 Hidden Figures $6,436 73% 18 -3 $358 $169,359,677 29 Fox
35 KEDi $5,798 7 $828 $2,776,750 22 Oscilloscope Laboratories
36 Hare Krishna! $5,775 328% 1 -1 $5,775 $50,250 4 Abramorama
37 Manifesto $5,470 53% 7 1 $781 $132,485 9 FilmRise
38 Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary $4,290 -72% 2 -5 $2,145 $381,256 13 Abramorama
39 Dawson City: Frozen Time $4,264 -36% 4 -2 $1,066 $68,762 5 Kino Lorber Films
40 Swim Team $4,024 1 $4,024 $4,024 1 Argot Pictures
41 The Lovers $3,529 -36% 6 -4 $588 $2,190,710 10 A24
42 A Quiet Passion $3,089 -27% 3 -4 $1,030 $1,864,266 13 Music Box Films
43 Il Boom $2,394 -36% 1 0 $2,394 $34,556 4 Rialto Pictures
44 Harmonium $2,363 255% 4 3 $591 $13,174 4 Film Movement
45 Slack Bay $2,215 73% 2 -1 $1,108 $60,316 12 Kino Lorber Films
46 Le Trou $2,134 -68% 1 0 $2,134 $17,096 2 Rialto Pictures
47 I, Daniel Blake $1,945 -65% 8 -8 $243 $252,282 6 IFC Films
48 Scum $1,284 634% 1 0 $1,284 $5,405 4 Kino Lorber
49 Wakefield $1,002 -47% 3 -3 $334 $0 8 IFC Films
50 Logan $983 -69% 4 -7 $246 $226,276,809 19 Fox
51 Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan $888 -38% 2 0 $444 $131,557 7 Abramorama
52 Food Evolution $848 -64% 2 0 $424 $8,359 3 Abramorama
53 The Death of Louis XIV $756 -47% 1 0 $756 $42,694 15 Cinema Guild
54 In Pursuit of Silence $749 -79% 1 0 $749 $12,262 3 Cinema Guild
55 After the Storm $658 1 $658 $267,773 17 Film Movement
56 Like Crazy $587 -68% 3 -2 $196 $106,321 10 Strand Releasing
57 Buster Mal’s Heart $540 2 $270 $72,622 11 Well Go USA
58 Obit. $481 -90% 3 -7 $160 $298,814 11 Kino Lorber
59 Hermia & Helena $459 -18% 2 0 $230 $35,949 7 Kino Lorber
60 All the Rage: Saved by Sarno $403 -86% 1 0 $403 $18,489 3 The Film Collaborative
61 A Woman, A Part $294 2 $147 $36,838 16 Strand Releasing
62 The Skyjacker’s Tale $202 -82% 1 0 $202 $1,898 2 Strand Releasing
63 Champion $71 11% 1 0 $71 $175,232 8 ArtAffects Entertainment
64 The Transfiguration $8 1 $8 $21,333 14 Strand Releasing

Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Spider-Man: Homecoming $117,015,000 4,348 $26,912 $117,015,000 1 Sony / Columbia
2 Despicable Me 3 $33,998,875 -53% 4,535 6 $7,497 $149,189,535 2 Universal
3 Baby Driver $12,750,000 -38% 3,226 0 $3,952 $56,883,072 2 Sony / TriStar
4 Wonder Woman $10,135,000 -35% 3,091 -313 $3,279 $368,786,191 6 Warner Bros.
5 Transformers: The Last Knight $6,300,000 -63% 3,241 -891 $1,944 $118,916,760 3 Paramount
6 Cars 3 $5,636,000 -42% 2,702 -874 $2,086 $133,733,412 4 Disney
7 The House (2017) $4,815,000 -47% 3,134 0 $1,536 $18,630,678 2 Warner Bros. / New Line
8 47 Meters Down $2,844,000 -37% 1,741 -509 $1,634 $38,537,738 4 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
9 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $1,200,000 -52% 1,039 -635 $1,155 $168,825,297 7 Disney
10 The Mummy $1,164,135 -61% 1,045 -715 $1,114 $77,974,405 5 Universal

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Big Sick $3,650,000 121% 326 255 $11,196 $6,920,323 3 Lionsgate
2 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $846,000 -45% 660 -306 $1,282 $385,546,006 10 Disney
3 The Hero $651,330 -22% 447 46 $1,457 $2,810,325 5 The Orchard
4 All Eyez On Me $610,000 -67% 599 -659 $1,018 $44,320,039 4 Lionsgate / Summit
5 Beatriz at Dinner $518,765 -51% 417 -266 $1,244 $5,980,105 5 Roadside Attractions
6 Captain Underpants $320,000 -71% 407 -1045 $786 $70,523,540 6 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7 Megan Leavey $222,882 -54% 254 -179 $877 $12,451,004 5 Bleeker Street
8 The Boss Baby $190,000 -14% 195 -20 $974 $173,911,946 15 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9 Baywatch $180,000 -28% 193 -3 $933 $57,599,094 7 Paramount
10 Paris Can Wait $158,766 -40% 131 -83 $1,212 $5,065,151 9 Sony Pictures Classics
11 The Fate of the Furious $117,325 -27% 115 -29 $1,020 $225,704,665 13 Universal
12 The Book Of Henry $96,550 -64% 154 -209 $627 $4,218,469 4 Focus Features
13 Beauty and the Beast $51,000 -34% 110 -46 $464 $503,976,432 17 Disney

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Little Hours $193,750 27 $7,176 $282,023 2 Gunpowder & Sky
2 Maudie $180,466 76% 58 35 $3,111 $3,193,280 4 Sony Pictures Classics
3 A Ghost Story $108,067 4 $27,017 $108,067 1 A24
4 The Exception $69,900 -22% 48 0 $1,456 $518,962 6 A24
5 It Comes At Night $62,355 -59% 90 -84 $693 $13,709,403 5 A24
6 Our Time Will Come $48,000 18 $2,667 $48,000 1 China Lion
7 Lost in Paris $21,000 5 $4,200 $38,666 4 Oscilloscope Laboratories
8 City of Ghosts $16,240 2 $8,120 $16,240 1 IFC Films / Amazon
9 13 Minutes $16,174 38% 9 6 $1,797 $36,374 2 Sony Pictures Classics
10 Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge $13,606 -25% 4 -2 $3,402 $49,679 2 Society Films
11 Churchill $13,402 17 $788 $1,218,561 6 Cohen Media Group
12 The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography $12,785 6% 8 5 $1,598 $33,522 2 Neon
13 The Bad Batch $9,336 -63% 25 -21 $373 $169,546 3 Neon
14 Love, Kennedy $6,633 -10% 6 -1 $1,106 $244,408 6 Purdie Distribution
15 Manifesto $5,000 40% 7 1 $714 $132,015 9 FilmRise
Jesse Rifkin

6 Comments

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    J July 09, 2017

    I repeatedly said their prediction was way too high-it started at 135 million. While 117 million is better than I expected, it’s nowhere near the numbers some people predicted of up to 140 million.

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    Ben July 09, 2017

    I strongly believe planet of the apes will beat it now I predict a 75-80 million opening for that and spidey with a week 2 around 50-60 and dm3 to finish in the high teens or twenties

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    DangerS July 09, 2017

    Wow pretty much every movie was frontloaded this weekend… Hope that the numbers get up tomorrow when the actuals will be uploaded.

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      Austin July 09, 2017

      The Sunday estimations are down from the Saturday estimations, leading me to believe the totals will be down to $115 million by Monday afternoon, which is near the $110-115 million I initially expected. In the face of Apes and possible front-loaded appeal but with the backing of family audiences, I expect a 53% decline next week.
      Regarding Despicable Me 3, I knew it would drop over 50% this week. Other movies seriously wounded by Spider-Man’s entrance are The Mummy, Transformers 5, and Captain Underpants. Movies faring better than I expected are Pirates 5 (just a bit) and Cars 3. Because Spider-Man was targeting a different demographic, the surprising Wonder Woman barely sustained a dent to its performance, something I expected for the most part.

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    Nagara July 09, 2017

    Only a 35% drop for Wonder Woman again? This is definitely going to be the highest grossing movie of the summer. Huge surprise.

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      Austin July 11, 2017

      Wonder Woman has also passed Pirates 5 in worldwide BO grosses, so take from that what you will. Although Wonder Woman still has to pass GOTG 2 to be the highest grossing film of the summer, I think it will accomplish that in a few weeks.

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